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“A magical hidden paradise in a stunning location.”
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The Knysna Belle
Ranked #34 of 126 Knysna B&B and Inns
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Cobham
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“A magical hidden paradise in a stunning location.”
Reviewed 20 February 2010

A magical hidden paradise in a stunning location directly facing the lagoon. We only stopped for a couple of nights en route but next time we plan to stay much longer to savour fully the idyllic, restful ambience of Leisure Isle and to take advantage of the what we were told was Knysna’s only totally safe swimming beach nearby.

The Captain’s Quarters, our ‘room’ on the first floor was in fact a luxuriously appointed monster suite with a magnificent full length sun balcony with stunning views along the lagoon.

Our delicious ‘full English’ breakfasts were served al fresco in the secluded rear garden with the sound of birds chirping in the background and the sun sparkling on the pool. The building itself is constructed in New England clapperboard style and this only adds to the overall charm.

The Knysna Belle is a family run affair and the attention to detail and to us as customers was exemplary. In fact we were treated more like friends than customers and the owners even took us for a ride in their boat along the lagoon and around the fascinating upstream waterways bordered by a mix of new residential properties and various vibrant shops and restaurants.

Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 February 2010

We have just returned from a wonderful two week trip in South Africa, we stayed for two nights in the Knysna Belle, I really wish it had been much longer, we really did not want to leave. Our room was The Captains Quarters, the top floor with a terrace that wrapped round the whole building, the views were absolutely spectacular over looking the lagoon and beach with a view right up to Knysna Heads. We spent hours sitting on our terrace taking in the beautiful views.
The hosts were great and really went out of their way to help you enjoy your stay recommending restaurants, local sights etc.
The breakfasts were wonderful, fresh fruit every morning and tasty cooked to order english breakfasts.
I loved this B&B and I would highly recommend The Captains Quarters room, clean,bright, spacious and AMAZING views!!!

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 February 2010

We recently spent a couple of nights at this luxurious bed and breakfast, which turned out to be too short a stay.
Beautiful location on exclusive Leisure Island, minutes from Knysna Waterfront.
Lovely accommodation, superb breakfasts, and friendly, efficient, unobtrusive staff. Cannot recommend highly enough.
M .J .&L . UK

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 20 January 2010

i cannot believe that I am the first person to review this place!

an absolute AMAZING find. This was recommended to me by a work colleague and previous visitor. I initially only planned an overnight but within 10 minutes of seeing my room I decided to stay an extra night.

This place is right on the lagoon and I am pretty sure it has the best views of the lagoon and the Heads on the whole of Leisure Isle.

the house itself is immaculate and there has been absolutely no expense spared. The bed was more comfortable than my own, the breakfast is substantial and cooked to order, the owners were wonderful and even took us on an impromptu boat trip with them!

If the lagoon isn’t enough, there is a pool. There are kayaks to borrow, mountain bikes, beach towels, extremely well equipped honesty bar, very plush lounge, meticulously kept gardens etc etc.

without hesitation, I would recommend this to anyone planning to visit Knysna or the Garden Route and I will undoubtedly return for a longer stay next time.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Knysna Belle
Address: 75 Bayswater Drive | Leisure Isle, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Region: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #34 of 126 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Knysna Belle 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Knysna Belle Guest House offers a relaxing atmosphere with Bollard beach just a few paces from our front door where guests can relax and enjoy the tranquility of island life ... more   less 
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